Litherland Remyca 2-0 Hanley Town
Saturday April 11th, 2015. Litherland Sports Park
North West Counties League Division One
After a disappointing trip in midweek to the same opponents, Litherland Remyca hosted Hanley Town in their penultimate game of the season, hoping to finish the season with a flourish after a difficult couple of weeks.
Like in midweek, Remyca were down to the bare bones of their squad for the fixture, with goalkeeper, Sean Lake and Daniel Duffy joining the ever growing injury list along with Colin McDonald, Dean and Karl Siadanky, giving the management team some headaches. Coming back in after missing the away defeat in midweek were Vice Captain John Hastings, Connor Murphy and Louis Austin to help. Josh Jessop was added to the bench with familiar face, Steve Westhead and Darren Carr.
As the game got under way Litherland were pressing very high, a lot better than in the midweek encounter. Both teams having to deal with a strong wind across the park. Remyca were soon on top and got an early goal after good work from Austin down the left wing, releasing Connor Murphy whose 50/50 challenge with the away keeper, Dave Jackson saw the ball fall back to the striker who kept his calm to fire home on 10 minutes.
This gave Remyca extra impetus, they kept the ball better than they had in recent games and were attacking in numbers. Hanley were dangerous on the break but the back four of Litherland held firm with some excellent tackles coming in. The attacking options of the home side, Williams, Austin and Murphy were causing the visiting defence all sorts of problems going forward in a purple patch for Remyca. Their possession paid off on 37 minutes when again Murphy was put through, sped clear of the centre back and as the keeper came out he cooly slotted the ball home to double the advantage. This goal was causing the leagues third placed side issues as two of their players traded punches with each other after words were shouted and the Ref showed both the yellow card. The game was certainly lively!
As the interval arrived, Remyca were good value for their first half advantage, they had looked organised and threatening with pace whilst resolute at the back.
The second half got under way and Litherland went close within 5 minutes of the re-start, a good ball in from Connor Murphy cut back to Lewis Jones whom fired a crisp shot goal-wards only to see the goalkeeper save with his leg, the defenders clearing the rebound promptly.
As the game progressed Hanley did start to get a foothold in the game, the prolific Theo Stair was always a threat and they were always looking to press forwards whenever possible. on 52 minutes a Theor stair free-kick from the right found the head of Josh Thorpe but his header from close range was cleared from the line.
Hanley were awarded a penalty with minutes left when Litherland sub Steve Westhead was alleged to have pushed Mike Edwards in the box, the referee immediately pointed to the spot. There was concern for Remyca as up stepped Theo Stair who had been lethal in front of goal all season, however, Remyca ‘keeper Daniel Manning was in no mood to be beaten and dived to his right to save the spot-kick, the rebound was cleared by Flynn to the joy of the home support.
There was still plenty of time for opportunity as Remyca almost made it 3 when young Sub Josh Jessop, promoted from the Youth ranks, beat the left back and almost the keeper on his near post as the shot was saved with his legs.
The Remy lads saw the game out for a great win after the midweek disappointment and with Chadderton to come at Litherland Sports Park in the Final game on Saturday, Remyca will be looking to try and secure a top Ten finish for their first season in Step 6 of non-league football.
Litherland Remyca: Dan Manning, David Flynn, Callum Webb, Stephen King, Chris Lowe, Jamie Colbourn, Lewis Jones, John Hastings, Steve Williams, Connor Murphy, Louis Austin, Subs; Josh Jessop, Darren Carr, Steve Westhead
Hanley Town: Dave Jackson, Nathan Grice, Jack Watson, Michael Morton, Josh Thorpe, Jamie Turner, Delrox Fox, Ben Blowers, Leigh Skollon, Theo Stair, Olliver Edwards. Subs; Jamie Skollow, Curtis Evans, Michael Edwards